Sunday, April 10, 2011

Where Hard Work Takes You ~ Sunday Tippets, Damsel Style

Hard work is many things. We live in a complicated, fast world, surrounded by distractions. Getting down to work can be a way to free yourself of all things extraneous. It can be a stress reliever, a form of meditation. Conversely, it can be punishment for enjoying yourself too much the night before. Whatever the reason, hard work is tunnel vision. While you’re working, the only thing that exists is you and the light at the end.

Getting down to work is a new challenge every day. Anyone can work hard once a week for an hour. To do it for eight hours a day, seven days a week, over any number of years: that’s the real challenge.  Of course, you can’t start out at top speed; you would burn yourself out. If your goal was weight loss, the equivalent would be running on a treadmill at level 10 for an hour the first day you’ve ever used a treadmill.  Successful hard work over time is something you have to work towards. The important thing is to know that it’s within your grasp, and that it pays off.   

I work hard...I play hard...That's just what I believe in. ~ The River Damsel

Hard work is the key to success, so work diligently on any project you undertake. If you truly want to be successful, be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5 PM and on weekends. Also, have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you believe in, don't allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it. ~ Charles Lazarus 

There is no substitute for hard work. ~  Thomas Edison

I'm a great believer in luck and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. ~ Thomas Jefferson

If hard work were really a virtue, then mules would be saints. ~ James D. Richardson

Hard work is painful when life is devoid of purpose. But when you live for something greater than yourself and the gratification of your own ego, then hard work becomes a labor of love. ~ Steve Pavlina

Behind every technological breakthrough there lies a dream. Behind every new product there lies a dream. Dreams create realities-- through hard work." ~ Rolf Jensen

All the qualities that hard work demands, like discipline, patience, confidence and persistence do not come naturally to many of us.  I have found that the more I commit myself to working hard at writing, the greater I find my reserves of patience within myself. And not just for writing, but with other things, like my workout schedule and my job.

Hard work gives a lot more than it takes. It doesn’t happen overnight. Learning to enjoy hard work is no cakewalk; it’s a struggle to get started most days. But it is within your reach…and the benefits far outweigh the cost. Need money? Hard work can cure that. Stressed out? Try working harder on the things you love. Family trouble? Work hard to fix it.  Put in the time.  

Tippet of the Day:  In the end, you will find that hard work can cure almost anything.   And after you accomplish your task at hand, you can enjoy the fruit of your labors! 
Don't miss a great opportunity... All it takes is a little bit of effort!


  1. Good advice, but as the man said, "I love my job it's the work I hate".

  2. Working past the age of 60 sucks...cofisher

  3. "The more I Practice the luckier I get..." -some old golfer (Gary Player) Great advice!

  4. Ok guys...I'm not going to convince anyone that work is fun...usually it isn't. I'm just saying that it is worth it in the end.

  5. hard work pays off later, lazyness pays off now.

  6. Nice reminder. However, replace "work" with "fly fishing" and it applies just as well, me thinks...

  7. Luke ~ A true statement...

    Pat ~ "Hard Flyfishing"...I'll remember that!

  8. Another winner! Great post RD.

  9. I needed this today. Thank you!